Photo Journal

[Photo Journal] Ruins of Rome


Myra here.

Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

One of the European cities that definitely left an impact on me last year was Rome. Rather than recreate the experience here, allow me to share one of my Facebook  private posts on that very same day last year when I reflected on how much the city has moved me:

Ruins of Rome

“The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.” 
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“Veni, vidi, vici. (I came, I saw, I conquered.)” 
― Gaius Julius Caesar

“I like France, where everybody thinks he’s Napoleon–down here everybody thinks he’s Christ.” 
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night

“Great empires are not maintained by timidity.” 
― Tacitus

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But Rome, it should be said, has not bothered to join the race for status. Rome doesn’t compete. Rome just watches all the fussing and striving, completely unfazed. I am inspired by the regal self-assurance of this city, so grounded and rounded, so amused and monumental, knowing she is held securely in the palm of history. I would like to be like Rome when I am an old lady.” 
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“I sometimes fancy,” said Hilda, on whose susceptibility the scene always made a strong impression, “that Rome–mere Rome–will crowd everything else out of my heart.” 
― Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance

‘What is truth?’ So in that drama which decided the whole fate of antiquity, one of the central figures is fixed in what seems the reverse of his true role. Rome was almost another name for responsibility. Yet he stands for ever as a sort of rocking statue of the irresponsible. Man could do no more. Even the practical had become the impracticable. Standing between the pillars of his own judgement-seat, a Roman had washed his hands of the world.” 
― G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man

“In Rome it seems as if there were so many things which are more wanted in the world than pictures.” 
― George Eliot, Middlemarch

“I always wonder about people who go to Rome as they might go, for example, to Paris or to London. Certainly Rome as well as these other cities can be enjoyed aesthetically but if you are affected to the depths of your being at every step by the spirit that broods there, if a remnant of a wall here and a column there gaze upon you with a face instantly recognised, then it becomes another matter entirely.” 
― C.G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Singapore. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she serves as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads or meeting up with her book club friends, she is smashing that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life.

1 comment on “[Photo Journal] Ruins of Rome

  1. Awesome pics as always. You and your daughter are too adorable.


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